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COACH ES
Continued from Page 2.
The NCAA has several minorities
in key decision-making positions,
including Bates. "We have, as an
organization, done reasonable well in
minority hiring," he said.
The NCAA also offers leadership-
training programs for minorities who
are looking to coach at the collegiate
level.
It maintains a database of qualified
minority applicants, names from
which are sent to schools with coach-
ing vacancies.
But many of the database candi-
dates have not received so much as a
phone interview in recent years.
Bates admitted it is still very diffi-
cult for even the most qualified of
minority candidates to secure head
coaching positions at Division-I
schools.
"It is a tough place to break into,"
Bates said. "Quite often, you'll see
tremendously talented people like
(NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers head
coach) Tony Dungy passed over for
the head coaching position because
they don't have experience."

"But these people will never get
experience if no one hires them. Right
now they just keep shuffling through
the same people," he added.
One school that took the chance on
an unproven minority head coach is
Michigan State University. The Spar-
tans hired Bobby Williams before last
season after coach Nick Saban
departed for Louisiana State. But
after a less-than-stellar year -
Michigan State was 5-6 in 2000 after
being 10-2 in 1999 under Saban -
Williams is riding the hot seat in East
Lansing.
"Anytime you hire someone like that
you are going to have three groups of
people," Bates said - very supportive,
really unhappy, and satisfied.
"But it doesn't take much losing for
those middle-of-the-road folks to
jump to the unhappy side," he said.
Michigan State knew the hiring of
Williams would be controversial, but
they are standing behind him.
Michigan currently has a black
head basketball coach, Tommy Amak-
er; a black head women's track coach,
James Henry; and a Hispanic head
women's basketball coach; Sue Gue-
vara.

STEM CELLS
Continued from Page 1
said although his group believes scientists should do every-
thing they can to relieve suffering, using embryos should
not be practiced in research.
"The group agrees that we're opposed to the leftover
embryos from in vitro fertilization being used for research;"
Shirvell said.
He said his group believes an embryo should have the
same rights asa developed human.
"Just because they're frozen doesn't mean they're any
less of a human being," Shirvell said.
Shirvell said Students For Life stands by research credit-
ing adult stem cells with as much potential in research as
embryonic stem cells.
"If adult stem cells are as effective as embryonic stem
cells why not just use the adult stem cells? We're opposed to
embryonic stem cell research. We oppose anything that
would end human life artificially," Shirvell said.
Csete said while she practices medicine, she is reminded
of the enormous need for technology that could come of
stem cell research.

"I have constant reminders in my practice that a large per-
cent of the population is affected by terminal disease. I
think it's unethical to stop the research when we havz the
ability to help people," Csete said.
She said she is troubled that people who can be helped by
this research may not be helped.
"I'm very concerned that people who would otherwise
have degenerative diseases and could be helped by this
research will be directly harmed without this research,"
Csete said.
A large amount of the research dollars the University
receives is from the federal government.
"A huge source for research is through the National Insti-
tutes of Health. The amount of money that comes direct4
from the NIH to the University is enormous," Csete said.
Csete said although she does not think money will be
taken from embryonic stem cell research, the effects would
be devastating to the University.
Shirvell said he and Students For Life think President Bush
should stop federally funding embryonic stem cell research.
"He did make that campaign promise," Shirvell said.
"He's really caving into pressure. He's following the politi-
cal winds."

COMPUTERS
Continued from Page 1
tury skills they will need," she added.
In addition to providing the physical
space for the event, the School of Edu-
cation's faculty will present their per-
spectives on technology in education.
Ron Miller, the school's computer
systems consultant, said the Universi-
ty and School of Education Dean
Karen Wixson have been supportive
of the institute. Its direct impact is
helping teachers and students, buy
hosting the institute allows the school
to expand outreach and make contact,
he said.
When the teachers leave tomorrow
they will relinquish their iBooks, but
Apple hopes they will retain the infor-
mation they learned as well as the
partnerships they forged with other
educators.
Nebraska resident Jerry Wylie, who
teaches at the American School of
Doha in Qatar, said he has made new
friendships at the institute and has
used it to compare notes on what is
going on across the country and
around the world.
Wylie said he deals with elemen-
tary school children, and the work-
shops provide information in working
with all age groups in a variety of
subjects. "Every minute has been
worth it," he said.
Michigan should have the means to
take advantage of the technology,
thanks to the Teacher Technology Ini-
tiative, which has spent $108 million to
date to provide every teacher in the
state with a laptop said Jeff Jones, who
works in Apple's marketing division.
The University of California-Los
Angeles, the University of British
Columbia, the University of South
Florida, the University of Texas, Les-
ley University and Northwestern Uni-
versity were among the other schools
selected to host the Teacher's Institute
this summer.
"Michigan has always been a leader
in technology and education," Jones
said.
The summer sessions offer teach-
ers a chance to immerse themselves
in technology, something that is not
possible during the school year,
Everest-Bouch said. The initiatives
have been "highly successful," she
said, but added that there are no for-
mal plans for a similar series next
year.

HUMANS
Continued from Page 1
dimension in Australia, the American
southwest, Europe and the Middle East,"
he said. "But in Japan there was a rever-
sal, and as soon as I saw this reversal, I
knew that the prehistoric Japanese are
not the ancestors of the current Japan-
ese.
Brace conducted further research
on skeletal remains in America and
found characteristics very similar to
those of the skulls he found in Japan.
"Looking at Native American skele-
tal remains I kept seeing prehistoric
Japanese. I tested 21 characteristics
of the skulls, and it worked. Sample
upon sample has shown this correla-
tion," he said.
Based on this evidence, Brace con-
cluded the first Americans were Jomon,
the original inhabitants of Japan.
According to Brace's study, the Jomon
came to America 15,000 years ago by
way of the Bering Strait, which was a
land bridge connecting Asia and North
America during the Ice Age.
Co-author Noriko Seguchi, an adjunct
assistant research scientist at the muse-

um said in addition to offering more
clues to America's origins, the study
important for Japan,
"The people who are linked to Native
Americans are Jomon, whose direct
descendants are Ainu. The majority of
Ainu now live on Hokkaido Island and
are a minority in Japan,"he said.
"The majority of Japanese people are
descendants of people who immigrated
from East and Northeast Asia around
300 B.C. Ainu people have suffered a
terrible assimilation by the Japane
government and discrimination by the-
Japanese people for a long time,"
Seguchi said.
"Our study indicates that Jomon and
their descendent Ainu are indigenous
people in the Japanese archipelago.
Ainu should have their native right in
Japan," he added.
Brace and Seguchi worked in con-
junction with Niroaki Oe at the Univer-
sity of Michigan and scholars from the
University of Wyoming, the Chine
Academy of Social Sciences in Bei-
jing, the Chengdu College of Tradi-
tional Chinese Medicine in Sichuan.
province and the Mongolian Academy
of Sciences in Ulaanbaatar.

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